What Happens When Prisons Are Overcrowded?

From a recent AP story about two incidents in the California prison system:

A stabbing attack this week on four guards at one overcrowded state prison and a racially sparked brawl at another mark the type of violence that guards, inmates' attorneys and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have been worried about for years.


Later this year, a panel of federal judges will consider whether the crowding has become so severe that the state must cap the inmate population or release some prisoners early.

Maybe the panel of federal judges should get on it.

So, which is the answer to overcrowding?
  1. Build more prisons.
  2. Try and rehabilitate offenders instead of throwing them away.
If you said #1 you are dumb but pretty much correct.

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